When it comes to natural hair care, moisture is at the top of the list. It’s vital to keep the strands moisturized. Knowing this information, in many situations naturals fall short at locking in that moisture.
Below are a few tips to help you effectively moisturize your natural hair. From experience, I’ve fallen short many times. Learn from my mistakes.
1. Oils are NOT moisturizers
When I began my journey I of course turned to the gurus on YouTube and I constantly heard many mention that certain oils are moisturizers. For a while I just took this and ran. About a year later I finally realized that oils are sealants. They aid in the aspect of locking in moisture. A few oils, like coconut oil, can penetrate the hair strands YES; I won’t however refer to this penetration as moisturizing. It’s simply nourishing the hair with different nutrients. Water is the main source of moisture. In a nutshell, oils and butters will sit on the surface of your strand because they are SEALANTS, not moisturizers. Their purpose is to trap moisture or repel it depending on what your end game is (either keep hair moisturized during harsh winter days or repel the moisture during humid summer days). Simply applying oil to dry hair makes it brittle and at times dry. What follows is breakage.
2. Product Build-up
Many naturals stretch their wash days apart because let’s face it, washing our hair can be time consuming especially on deep conditioning days. This causes the problem of product build-up. A layer of dirt on the surface of the strand will inhibit the water from penetrating it. The point of moisturizing is applying products that are water based so that they penetrate the cuticle of the strand and infuse the cortex with moisture / water. This is why it is important to clarify one’s hair and scalp regularly. For those who shampoo, fine but a tip for those who solely co-wash, make sure you are using a clarifying conditioner and try to encorporate Apple Cider Vinergar (ACV) rinses.